Rochelle Collette
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3379

Rochelle is a commercial litigation associate with a focus on environmental and Aboriginal law matters. She has experience in complex tort, contractual and shareholder disputes, and regularly advises clients on strategy and risk management. In her environmental law practice, she has experience in provincial and federal regulatory regimes, environmental assessments and compliance, and defence of federal regulatory prosecutions. She has appeared before the British Columbia Provincial Court, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Prior to joining Blakes, Rochelle clerked for five justices of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

SELECT EXPERIENCE
  • Representing parties in complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract, misrepresentation, product liability, fraud and negligence claims and related injunction proceedings

  • Representing clients in shareholder proceedings involving allegations of oppression

  • Assisting with environmental and Aboriginal due diligence for successful corporate transactions

  • Assisting clients to consult, negotiate and build relationships with indigenous communities affected by project development

  • Advising a mining company on a range of environmental issues during the development of a large-scale mining project, including environmental assessment certificate compliance, remediation and restoration obligations, and wildlife and protected species management

  • Representing clients in claims for clean-up costs associated with contaminated sites

  • Representing clients in various industries in the defence and resolution of regulatory charges

PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Making a Cost Recovery Claim
CLE: Contaminated Land Clean Up Costs 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 27, 2018.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Presenter: Recent Developments and Issues in Environmental Law
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 29, 2018.
Presenter: Blakes Annual Aboriginal Law Update
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 15, 2018.
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